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Lambo gears up for Urus production
Expanding: The production facility at Sant'Agata Bolegnese in Italy will double in size to accommodate Urus production.
Urus SUV production creates jobs at Lamborghini's Italian factory
28 January 2016
LAMBORGHINI will ramp up its workforce over the coming months in preparation
for production of the Urus SUV at its Sant'Agata Bolognese factory.
The iconic Italian car-maker confirmed that it hired 150 assembly line workers,
technicians and specialists in the past year, on open-ended contracts, for the
Urus project, while a further 500 are expected to employed in the coming years.
In the past five years, Lamborghini says it has hired more than 600 new
employees for its Italian operation and its total workforce now stands at 1300.
Automobili Lamborghini president and CEO Stephan Winkelmann said the Urus would
ensure sustainable growth for the car-maker, and highlighted the investment in
“Lamborghini is experiencing strong, steady growth in sales and also in its
workforce,” he said. “We are getting ready for groundbreaking changes with the
introduction of our third model in 2018, which points to stable, sustainable
growth for our company.
“This is why our investments in human resources are more important than ever,
as we continue to focus on excellence and continuous improvements in this new
phase of the company's future.”
The company said in a release that the recruitment drive supports the
development of the Urus “super sports SUV” that is set to “take the company
into a new era”.
To make room for production of the Urus, the company will double the size of
the manufacturing facility from 80,000 square metres to 150,000m2.
The company's first crossover will launch globally in 2018 and is likely to be
based on the concept of the same name that made its debut at the 2012 Beijing
In December last year, Mr Winkelmann told UK publication Autocar that
the Urus would be powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8, eschewing the
V10 and V12 engines of its Huracan and Aventador stablemates.
Lamborghini research and development boss Maurizio Reggiani told the
publication that the engine would be only used by Lamborghini, and not shared
with any other VW Group brands.
Mr Winklemann said in the Autocar interview that a plug-in hybrid
powertrain was still a possibility for Urus down the track and that it would be
“strictly four-wheel drive”.
A production version of the Urus is expected to be revealed either at the 2017
Frankfurt motor show or 2018 Geneva show.
The Italian high-performance car-maker also announced a record global sales
haul for 2015, shifting 3245 vehicles last year, up from 2530 units in 2014.
In Australia, Lamborghini sales hit 84 units, up more than 211 per cent over
its 2014 result. The Volkswagen Group brand does not split its model tally, but
as GoAuto has reported, the opening of a new showroom in Brisbane and the
roll-out of the Huracan has had a significant impact on sales.